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About Founding Farmers - DC

Founding Farmers, the Greenest Restaurant in DC, is owned by the more than 40,000 family farmers of the NDFU, serving American inspired real food and drink with an emphasis and focus on cooking from scratch.

While our restaurant is supplied by hundreds of family farms everywhere, that doesn’t mean we know every farm, and that doesn’t mean we never have to buy product from the traditional (corporate) supply chain, but it does mean we’re working hard to direct our purchasing dollars where it aligns with our values.
We’re serving the best food we can, made from scratch in our kitchens every day. Our innovative, American dishes are made primarily with pure ingredients honoring the farmers and their hard-earned bounty.

The restaurant is upscale casual, which welcomes business casual dress, and dress that would be appropriate in a nice restaurant; this includes jeans and athletic wear, and warm-weather clothing, including shorts.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Brunch:
Saturday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM
Sunday: 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM

Dinner:
Monday 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Tuesday- Thursday: 4:00PM - 11:00PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 12:00AM
Saturday: 2:00PM - 12:00AM
Sunday: 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Cross Street:
20th St. / Pennsylvania Ave. (Foggy Bottom)

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 822-8783

Website:
http://www.wearefoundingfarmers.com/

Entertainment:
The bar at Founding Farmers is a truly unique and innovative experience, with true mixologists specially trained in 'bar-chefing'. The bar menu harkens back to the pre-Prohibition era with handcrafted cocktails that use juices and mixers prepared by hand.

Parking Details:
There is metered parking on Pennsylvania Ave., 20th St., H St., and elsewhere within 2 blocks of the restaurant. There are 3 parking garages within 3 blocks of the restaurant; the closest is at the Shops at 2000 Pennsylvania (enter on 20th St.).

Public Transit:
There are two Metro stops within 3 blocks of the restaurant, Orange/Blue lines at Farragut West or Foggy Bottom/GWU. The red DC Circulator bus Georgetown/Union Station line stops on Pennsylvania Ave. at 21st street, as well as on K Street and on 19th, all just one block away.

Executive Chef:
Joe Goetze

Private Party Facilities:
Founding Farmers includes is a second floor mezzanine level that is ideal for special events/parties or corporate events and can accommodate 100 comfortably seated for dinner or 120 for a standing reception. There are no fully private rooms.

Private Party Contact:
FFDC@FarmRequest.com: (202) 822-8783

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For large parties and special events, please note that our D.C. location can accommodate up to 12 guests in one reservation. Sorry, there are no private rooms available.

Founding Farmers is available for full buyouts for corporate or private events for up to 300 people, or the second floor mezzanine is available for full buyout.

Please contact our Hospitality Coordinator for more information - (202) 822.8783; FFDC@FarmRequest.com

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Founding Farmers - DC Ratings and Reviews

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91% would recommend it to a friend

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Fun (233)
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Great for Lunch (214)
Hot Spot (186)
Neighborhood Gem (182)
Handcrafted Cocktails (177)
Good for Birthdays (176)
Sunday Lunch (162)
Business Meals (157)
Authentic (152)
Healthy (145)
Worth the Drive (138)
Organic (134)
Good Vegetarian Options (122)
Good for Anniversaries (114)
Cozy (114)
Bar Seating (102)
People Watching (99)
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Happy Hour (90)
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Romantic (53)
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 (Dallas)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food and service as always. Business meeting in and out, and great cornbread.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Really good food and service. The fried green tomatoes come with a delicious green goddess dressing that’ll knock your socks off. The chicken fried steak had a lovely batter and was just the correct thickness on the sirloin. The yankee pot roast is to die for. The Bloody Mary was super tasty. Great service, wonderful tasting, and reasonably priced. A must go to in DC.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food!!

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·Dined 2 days ago

I made a reservation for Dec 12th at 7:15pm for three guest. I arrived 15 minutes early and let the guy in charge of seating people know that I was there. Was informed to come back once everyone has arrived. At 7:15pm, we were all there and let the guy know that we were ready to be seated. He informed me that they are still waiting for the previous guests to leave. I had to keep checking for 35 minutes to see if our table was ready. What's the point of making a reservation, if we still have to wait????

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined 2 days ago

Awesome food! Non chain, unique dishes!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Quick and attentive service. Excellent food.

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·Dined 3 days ago

Our second visit here. We live in PA and Founding Farmers is a must if you are in DC. Food, staff and ambiance will never disappoint!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful experience! Meal and service were great!

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·Dined 3 days ago

We tried Founding Farmers for the first time on a recent trip to D.C. and it will definitely not be the last! It was a packed house but we were still seated within minutes of our reservation.
The menu is creative yet comfortable and the value is top notch! I had the prime rib and it was hands-down the best I’ve ever had!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Organic, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

I'm surprised that this is so highly praised. Our waiter had to be reminded twice to bring our drinks, the steak salad, which was ordered as medium was served so well done/overcooked that it really wasn't good. The noise level limits any kind of reasonable conversation. Too many other good choices in D.C. to warrant a return to this place.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We were so impressed with our breakfast on Sunday, we went back again on Monday. Delicious!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent and the service was great!!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Usually the service here is great but shortly after ordering drinks we were told the server was being changed over. Service was very slow and normally the food is very good it must have been an off day in the kitchen. And slow service even continued with trying to close out the bill. Normally a very well run place but this most recent visit was not up to the normal standards the fried green tomatoes were over cooked and had too much batter on them.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Very good as usual!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Absolutely fantastic place, lives up to the strong reviews. Best French toast I’ve ever had. Party of 2, we were in a hurry and waiter was very efficient and facilitated very quick turnaround for meal and check. Recommend this place to anyone looking for DC brunch and I’m excited to return next time I’m in DC.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Just okay. My out-of-town guests had heard about it and wanted to go there. I don't see what all the hype is about.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

always amazing! my friends and I go every sunday for brunch :)

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·Dined 5 days ago

I couldn't believe how crowded this restaurant was. We went in on Saturday, late morning, without a reservation and the wait was over an hour. We decided to make a reservation for the next day and come back.

We ordered a few things, some better than others.

Drinks: I had the bloody mary...excellent. I always love a restaurant that uses a pepper-infused vodka in their bloddy marys. It gives it a really good kick. My date ordered a Jameson mule. It was SO strong, which can be good, but when you're looking to enjoy a cocktail, it can be overpowering. Once the ice started to melt, the flavors balanced out and it tasted much better.

Apps: We ordered the bread with brie, apples and caramelized onions. I wish I just got this for my meal because it was so good and filling. This was my favorite thing about the meal. We shared the plate between the two of us. I typically eat a moderate amount of food, and I would say after this and 1/2 of my bloody mary, I was about 3/4 full.

Plates: I ordered the breakfast chicken and waffles, which I would not recommend. The waffle was too soft (borderline soggy) and the gravy was tasteless. The chicken was good. The dish came with scrambled eggs on the side as well, which were very unnecessary. They were good, but I did not feel they fit into the dish well.

My boyfriend ordered the avocado burger. He scarfed the whole thing down, with fries, and seemed to enjoy it. I didn't have a chance to try it!

Overall, I enjoyed eating here. I wouldn't say it's worth the hype that it receives, but I'm sure there are several very good menu items that we did not have the chance to try. It was also fairly pricey. Our full meal (before tip) came to just under $80.

The service was excellent, the waitress was very attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. If I have the chance to go back again, I'm getting the brie bread platter for my entree and calling it a day.

Tags: Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined 5 days ago

We had a fantastic meal for my wife's birthday. We had a large party and after seating us a few minutes late they brought us free appetizers and more then made up for the delay. Outstanding service and most importantly food. The youngest in our party was 11 and the oldest was 70 and there was a great meal for everyone.

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

All of the employees were smiling and seemed like they loved their jobs, which definitely brought the welcoming feel to the ambiance.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Dallas)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was good. Service good. Atmosphere great. Overall good choice for brunch but not amazing.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Food wasn’t to bad, loved the chicken and waffles but my fiancé was not a fan of the pancakes, they were a little burnt. Definitely a nice place to get together with friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Visiting DC and Founding Father’s was recommended to us for brunch. Couldn’t get into Saturday brunch due to the wait time so I wisely made a late dinner reservation and it was so worth it! Cocktails were well made and creative, food was fresh and delicious, with a homemade taste you’d expect from farmers. Definitely recommend the beef burgoo stew and the apple pie. Sub the vanilla ice cream for their brickle butter (like toffee), so good!

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·Dined 5 days ago

Overall enjoyed the meal. Table for two was a bit cramped and the restaurant was very loud but we enjoyed the food.

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·Dined 5 days ago

Everything we ordered for dinner and appetizers were amazing.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined 5 days ago

This is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. We've never had a bad experience here. Food is excellent, atmosphere is comfortable and non-pretentious. It can be very busy and loud but not unpleasantly so. Definitely make a reservation to avoid long waits for seating.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Tom Sietsema gave Founding Farmers zero stars in his 2016 review. I agree. This restaurant is highly overrated and certainly not worth the wait (we had to wait 15 minutes in the cold for our confirmed reservation). We will not return.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely fabulous! Delicious food and excellent waitstaff.
Be sure to make a reservation because the restaurant gets very crowded.

We sampled items from the appetizers to four different entrees and four different desserts. Every dish was impeccably prepared, full of flavor and a delight. We were glad we ate there and will be sure to go again.

We allowed the waiter to guide us in our selections. He was very knowledgeable about each menu item, answered plenty of questions and was attentive with service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Organic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and service. I am never disappointed!

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·Dined 6 days ago

Holiday outing

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 (Miami)·Dined 6 days ago

Founding Farmers is definitely worth the wait! I would definitely recommend booking a reservation in advance if you wish to dine for Saturday brunch. I ordered the chicken and waffles, I was a little bummed that they didn't offer actually chicken wings but instead had chicken tenders for brunch. It was still good though. We sat upstairs which was great, they were slammed but our server was attentive as much as possibly considering how busy the restaurant was.

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·Dined 6 days ago

I had a friend visiting from out of town. We were having an excellent time and the server was fantastic. Unfortunately, there was a hair in the chicken of the chicken and waffles dish. While they replaced the dish, I was surprised that it wasn’t comped. I love this place, go often, and consider FF a go to place when I have visitirs from out of town. The resolution was dissapointing.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined 6 days ago

Loved the food and the service was fantastic

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·Dined 6 days ago

Everything was wonderful, however, you are squeezed in so be prepared to be on a double date with the tables next to you. It's our second time there and the food and service are great. Definitely would recommend! The seating is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Montana)·Dined 6 days ago

I’ve dined here more than 20 times over the past few years and the food and service was always excellent. Tonight, however, was awful on all fronts. I ordered one of the signature dishes and it was dry and tough, 20 minutes went by before I could get our server’s attention to order a different meal. A table server dropped the New meal by, and not only was the meal incorrect, but they dropped it on the table with no silverware. Another 15 minutes went by before I could get anyone’s attention and then the manager came by to say, “sorry, I didn’t learn about things sooner. Here’s your bill - I made sure you weren’t charged for the first meal you ordered.” Awful all around. If I wanted terrible food and service, I’d go to a chain restaurant.

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·Dined 7 days ago

Excellent food and service

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Loved it!

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 7, 2017

When in the DC Metro area this place is a must visit- put it on your Restauraunt Must Visit List!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fantastic all around!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent impossible burger - all plant

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